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Non-Organic FROZEN Berries??

Answered on March 03, 2015
Created May 02, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I know that strawberries and blueberries are near the top of the list of "Things to Buy Organic". Would this be any different if they were frozen?

I use them daily in my smoothies and Trader Joe's has a great "Fancy Berry Blend" that I like to use. Not too expensive and even delicious just to snack on. The organic one costs a good amount more for 4oz less.

Since I eat them daily the price would not make me happy, BUT I would also prefer not to be putting a bunch of pesticides in my body all the time.

So...does the freezing help at all with pesticides or would it be the same as if they were fresh??

Thanks!

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:43 PM

I'd rather buy produce from a farm that minimizes pesticide use than one that's dogmatically against all use or one that uses "organic" pesticides excessively.

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on May 03, 2013
at 11:50 AM

You can't wash that off!

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on May 03, 2013
at 11:50 AM

It's not just the pesticides/antibiotics they spray out the produce. It's the nutrients they add to the soil. It's the distance that organic farms have to be away from farms that develop gmo seeds. It's the care organci farmers put into their farm. If you want to save money, buy berries when their in season at your farmer's market.

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Just wash the stupid berries. Jeez.

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:27 PM

Matt makes a good point. Organic does not necessarily mean pesticide free. Petroleum and sulfur are two products that are toxic to humans and still considered "organic.". In addition, because organic pesticides are usually less effective, farmers sometimes have to use more of it on their crops.

I'm not saying organic is no good. But the choice is not simply between "bad standard" and "good organic." Fresh produce at a farmers market from a local organic farm is one thing. Frozen "organic" produce from China may be something else entirely.

Buy what you can afford and wash what you can. Also, try rotating the fruits that you use in your smoothies. Vary what you eat to naturally limit the amount of any one toxin (natural or unnatural) in your diet.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:43 PM

I'd rather buy produce from a farm that minimizes pesticide use than one that's dogmatically against all use or one that uses "organic" pesticides excessively.

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Buy what you can afford and don't stress over it too much.

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Just wash the stupid berries. Jeez.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 03, 2013
at 11:50 AM

It's not just the pesticides/antibiotics they spray out the produce. It's the nutrients they add to the soil. It's the distance that organic farms have to be away from farms that develop gmo seeds. It's the care organci farmers put into their farm. If you want to save money, buy berries when their in season at your farmer's market.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on May 03, 2013
at 11:50 AM

You can't wash that off!

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on May 03, 2013
at 08:49 AM

I would buy organic. I also get frozen berries and I think it's worth the extra money to get the organic, like anything.

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on May 02, 2013
at 04:44 PM

It's the same pesticide covered fruit, just in a frozen form. If you're worried about pesticides, treat them just like you would when buying your fresh fruit and opt for organic.

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on March 03, 2015
at 06:43 PM

Yesterday I bought 4 bags of wild boreal blueberries at Trader Joes.  And here's the hack, they're not organic but DON'T use pesticides!  I wonder though if they use any phosphate fertilizer on them, as that's really the downfall with most fruit today, as noted by DR L Wilson: drlwilson. com/Articles/SUPERPHOSPHATES.htm

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on April 30, 2014
at 04:30 PM

According to this article frozen has less pesticide, frozen blueberries about half according to an USDA study, than unfrozen: http://www.nwwildfoods.com/news.php?article=27

And according to this article frozen spinach has 90% less than it's unfrozen counterparts: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/produce-and-pesticides-what-you-need-know

But of course organic has none.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 03, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Buy organic berries with "organic" pesticides!

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Buy organic, it's worth the extra 2 dollars.

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on May 02, 2013
at 06:40 PM

I wonder if there is an addiitonal dose of pesticides to help with fruit fly control if they're not going to be frozen.

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